Audio-Technica ATH-M50 X WH

Studio Headphones

  • Closed
  • Circumaural
  • Dynamic
  • 45 mm driver with neodymium magnet system and CCAW voice coils
  • 90-Degree swivelling earcups
  • Frequency range: 15 - 28000 Hz
  • Maximum input power: 1600 mW at 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 38 Ohm
  • Peak SPL: 99 dB
  • Detachable cable
  • 1.2 m coiled cable
  • 1.2 m and 3 m straight cables
  • Weight with cable: 341 g
  • Weight without cable: 287 g
  • Colour: White
  • Includes 6.3mm adaptor and bag

Further Information

Design Over-Ear
System Closed Back
Impedance 38 Ohms
Frequency range 15 Hz – 28000 Hz
Adapter Yes
Replaceable Cable Yes
Color White
90 Customer Ratings
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All around nice headphones
04.10.2015
I've been using these headphones as my main headphones for few years now, and while leather on the earpads and headband is showing wear and tear (I haven't oiled it up, which I probably should've done) the headphones have aged up very well.

Changeable cables is a must-have if you are going to use the same headphones on many different devices. The coiled cable allows me to move about in my room without taking the headphones off and the shorter cables are better for mobile usage. These are studio monitors, though, so they are rather big and don't sit that well around my neck. That's not something I would do, but I know many who do. Although the M50 X is mostly made of plastic, it's very sturdy and won't break in normal use.

When it comes to comfort, I've had better headphones. My ears are rather sensitive and the pads are not quite deep enough to keep my ears away from the headphones. Having said that, I sometimes have the headphones on my head for like 8 hours with only short breaks.

Talking about the earpads, the seal they form is very tight. This makes the M50 X, as I'm sure everyone agrees, bass heavy. The tone is warm and great for bass music and what not. I don't find the sound very tight, which with increased bass makes for a rather non-organic sound. The mids are clear and to my mind the highs sound good and are appropriately loud. They are not fatiguing in any way.
The biggest fallback to the sound has to be the sound stage, probably because of the tight seal. I've had IEMs with better stereo imaging. Velour earpads might change this, and for a closed over-ear headphone you probably shouldn't be expecting for the best lively, wide experience. Whats more, outside noise gets isolated really well.

While as it is I'm looking for a more neutral sound, the Audio Technica ATH-M50 X makes everything I listen to sound massive and pleasing at the same time. There might be better headphones for classical music, jazz or other very organic music, for any bass head EDM lover, rapper, or quitar player who likes a warm tone to name a few, ATH-M50 is the right choice: well built and cheap for it's sound.
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Not studio worth it
Dogwood, 02.04.2019
These are terrible for using when recording in a studio. They squeak, squeak, squeak like crazy. There is so much noise, I simply cannot use them at all. They look cool, fine for listening to music. But, definitely not for recording your voiceovers or podcasts.
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I have tears in my eyes...
Jonny Whatshisface, 19.01.2021
And sonic orgasms in my ears.

These headphones are some of the clearest, nicest and most responsive headphones I've put on my head.

I've read reviews that they add some "colour" to the sound. They somewhat do, but not so much in a way that gives a false perception of how the track sounds. I'm using them as monitoring/studio cans, and they're really fantastic. Initially my recordings are being done with these and then mixed with the Yamaha HS8's. The HS8's are always a more "honest" sound in my opinion - but the sound I hear in these headphones translates very well to the track I'm hearing on my monitors, and the slight little boost of colouring they do add makes it absolutely fantastic for doing the initial recording with in the first place.

All in all, this is a purchase I would happily make again.
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Late review but a good one!
Aber Ant, 20.06.2020
I've been using these cans for over a year now, great sound, accurate and provides a decent monitoring alternative for engineers with a little experience such as myself. The sound is great, bass & mids are excellent and highs are clear and pronounced (sometimes a little too pronounced).

They are comfortable to wear for just long enough to have a good session, and at least in my case I need to take them off about 1.5 hour, which is great since I SHOULD be doing that anyway as I forget to take breaks. Always protect your ears :)

And speaking of that, these can pack a punch so I suggest not going above half your soundcard's volume for too long.

Are other headphones better? Absolutely.
Will you find any better headphones in at this price? Definitely not, go get them if this is your budget!
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